The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued updated regulations clarifying and revising several provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Importantly, the updated regulations alter the definition of “health care provider,” such...
CARES Act relief for physicians: understanding the deadlines and conditions of the Public Health and Social Service Emergency Fund
PA Supreme Court to decide whether employee retaliation claims could be filed under both whistleblower and human relations laws
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is set to decide whether employees covered under Pennsylvania’s Whistleblower Law (PWL) and alleging adverse employment action for reporting discriminatory conduct by an employer may also bring suit under the Pennsylvania Human Relations...
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently declared that the seven-year statute of repose applicable to medical malpractice lawsuits is unconstitutional. Healthcare providers and their insurers and reinsurers should be mindful that some claims that were barred by...
Dental Practice to Pay $10,000 for Impermissible Disclosures of Patients’ Protected Health Information on Social Media
Responding to a patient’s review on Yelp triggered an Office of Civil Rights (OCR) investigation of a small Texas dental practice recently which ultimately resulted in an agreement by the practice to pay $10,000 and implement a two-year OCR-monitored corrective...
Federal Agency Files Notice of Violation Against Medical Center that Forced Nurse to Assist in Abortion Procedure
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently found the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC) to be in violation of federal law by forcing a nurse to participate in an abortion procedure which infringed upon the nurse’s religious beliefs....
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